Exhibition tour in Russia and Ukraine, 2016 – 2018
The exhibition “Café Lehmitz” is a series of photographs from 1967 to 1970 by Anders Petersen. Almost five decades after the photos were shot, the Swedish photographer has revised his Lehmitz archive and produced an exhibition with some previously unseen images. I was the curator for the tour that took place 2016 – 2018 in Russia and in Ukraine.
By documenting the life of the Hamburg red-district bar called Café Lehmitz in the late sixties with late-night regulars, dockers, prostitutes, transvestites and other outcasts of society, he creates a series of intimate portraits of characters in everyday situations.
Photographer: Anders Petersen
Curator: Angie Åström
Exhibition Café Lehmitz Tour in Russia 2016-2017 Krasnoyarsk – Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Samara – Victoria Art Gallery, Novosibirsk – Novosibirsk State Museum, Ekaterinburg – Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts at the Vojivodina, Kazan – Smena Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok – Arka Art Gallery, Krasnodar – Fotovisa, St Petersburg – Rosphoto
Exhibition Café Lehmitz Tour in Ukraine 2018 Odessa – Photo Days, Kyiv – Art Arsenal, Kharkiv – Come In Art Gallery.
Many thanks to Anna Maria Bernitz, Andrey Martynov, Stefan Ingvarsson, Tatjana Nekrasova, Elena Belkow, Julia Petersen, Redzet Publishing, the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Embassies in Russia and in Ukraine.
Anders Petersen has exhibited his works frequently throughout Europe, Asia, USA and South America. There has been a steady stream of photo books in English French, Swedish, Spanish and German. In Petersen’s work you find series of photography as Café Lehmitz (1967-1970), Gröna Lund (1973), Prison (1984), Nursing House (1991), Mental Hospital (1995), From Back Home (2009), SOHO (2012), City Diary (2012), Rome (2014) Valparaiso (2015), Okinawa (2018) and Stockholm (2019). Petersen is representing in art collections at Moderna Museet Stockholm, Hasselblad Foundation Gothenburg, MoMA New York, Bibliothèque Nationale de France Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, MACRO Rome, IBASHO Antwerp, Fotomuseum Winterthur and others.